Phylomania 2016

The Eighth UTAS Theoretical Phylogenetics Meeting

November 16-18 inclusive, 2016

Sandy Bay Campus, Hobart, TASMANIA


Organized by: Michael Charleston and the rest of the theoretical phylogenetics group at UTAS

Phylogenetics is concerned with one of the most important problem in biology: reconstructing the evolutionary history of present-day organisms from molecular data, such as DNA, or morphological characters. Hidden from view, in phylogenetics software packages used by biologists, are algorithms implementing stochastic and combinatorial methods on binary trees, as well as more general network structures. The mathematics involved represent a unique confluence of probability theory, discrete mathematics, stochastic methods, and statistical inference, as well as algebraic methods such as group theory. There are many important theoretical and practical problems that arise, such as statistical identifiability of models, consistency and convergence of methods. These problems can only be solved using a multi-disciplinary approach. Phylomania brings together internationally recognised experts, with the aim of discussing the pressing research problems in phylogenetics.

Programme and Abstracts

The talks will be scheduled for the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. We will arrange a group excursion, such as a walk (weather permitting) for Friday afternoon or for Saturday, depending on how busy the schedule gets. The conference dinner will be on Thursday night. Download the 2016 programme without as many bugs here.

Confirmed speakers

  • Professor Arndt von Haeseler, University of Vienna and Medical University of Vienna
  • Professor John Rhodes, University of Alaska (Fairbanks)
  • Social Whatnots

  • Twitter Hashtag: #phylomania2016
  • Long talk, short talk, poster?

    There are limited slots for speakers, but if you miss out don't despair as we will also provide space and time for posters and a Q&A session. When you register please let us know if you would like to give a a 40 minute talk or a 20 minute talk, and you can always bring a poster. Yes we would love it if you would bring a poster as well as give a talk!


    Registration cost is $175AUD for academics / professionals and $120AUD for students. For completely unfunded delegates (students who have to pay from their own pocket), we have a budget rate of $50AUD. The registration is to cover catering --- morning and afternoon tea / coffee / snacks, and lunch, and is worked out based on previous conferences: we think it's pretty reasonable and we think the food and drink will be excellent.
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    Last modified 2nd August 2016 by Michael Charleston.

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